An MP has called for dental checks on refugees who claim to be children.
The Conservative member for Monmouth, David Davies, said some teenagers photographed arriving in the UK on Monday under a scheme to resettle unaccompanied minors “don’t look like children”.
He called for claimants to have their teeth or wrist bones X-rayed to check their real age, denying that such tests would be “intrusive”.
Mr Davies was later accused of “disgraceful xenophobic rhetoric” by an SNP MP, but defended himself by saying: “I don’t want to vilify anyone, and I would like to see genuine children being brought in, but I think we have got a right to raise this question.”
It’s obviously an emotive subject. What are the facts?
Who are these young refugees?
The 14 young people photographed arriving this week are the first of several hundred unaccompanied children now living in refugee camps on the outskirts of Calais, whom Britain has agreed to take in.
There are an estimated 1,000 such young asylum seekers in the notorious camps. The French government is about to close them down and disperse the people living there. (more…)